What’s Next?


This past week, the Republicans found that talk was cheap compared to the actions that they needed to take to repeal and replace the monstrosity known as ObamaCare.  The solution that they came up with fell far short of what was expected of them.

One would think that it would be easy to simply repeal the existing law and set everything back to the way it was before the Democrats inflicted this POS legislation upon the American people.  But it’s not that easy.

The problem is that ObamaCare has become an entitlement that some people depend upon at the expense of hurting far more people.  The result is a program that is failing (it was designed to, by the way) – insurance companies fleeing the exchanges with those that remain charging higher and higher premiums with deductibles that people ultimately cannot afford.

The bad news is that the Republican’s replacement to ObamaCare failed to get the necessary votes in the House to pass the Bill to the Senate where, in my opinion, it would have been shot down in flames with all its flaws exposed.  The worse news is that ObamaCare is still law, and it is going downhill fast.

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The bigger question is who’s going to be hurt most by this failure.  I will guarantee that it won’t be the insurance companies or the politicians – the insurance companies have been playing both sides where they would come out winners (remember the section in ObamaCare that guarantees for the Government to cover any losses by the insurance companies?), and the politicians have their own health plan (they quietly repealed the section of the ObamaCare law that mandated that they would be on the same plan as the rest of us).  So once again, the American taxpayer will bear the costs of this insanity.

I found a commentator by the name of Dan Carlin who takes a neutral political view of the situations in the world.  His take on health care finances, the healthcare industry, and the politics behind it are eye-opening and interesting.  While I do not agree with everything he says, he does make a compelling case for an alternative healthcare system in his latest audio “Common Sense 314 – Unhealthy Numbers.”  His show notes point to a resource that has graphs that show that our healthcare system is sick, and probably headed for financial collapse.  For example:

Squires OECD Exhibit 01

To sum up the audio and the show notes, Americans spend the highest amount for healthcare insurance and health care, but receive lower benefits from that health care.  Where does that help anyone in the long term?

Regardless, the passage of ObamaCare was to force the health care insurance industry into a single payer system – the government – with the health insurers as their surrogates.  The end result is that the American taxpayer would pay not only for the program in taxes, but fees to the insurance companies in amounts greater than if the politicians had stayed out of it.

The solution, in my opinion, is to 1) repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) in it’s entirety, 2) provide a financial safety net for those who have paid voluntarily into an optional program that would not be used for any other purpose except health care (something that Social Security was originally set up to be), 3) enact laws that will allow insurance companies to compete across state lines with the usual protections against price fixing/gouging and monopolies, 4) establish tax-free health savings accounts similar to Roth IRAs, and 5) remove any governmental management of health care from the private sector (we all can see how well government management works in the healthcare industry with the Veteran’s Administration).

I’m sure there are other ideas on this subject, but I already know that the politicians are ill equipped to handle any financial decisions.  Otherwise, how in the Hell could our country be trillions of dollars in debt, and needing loans from other countries to keep afloat?

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Driving Off The Cliff


Do the Republicans have a fricking political death wish?

This past week, the Republicans have put forth their initial proposed replacement (not repeal) of the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) titled the American Health Care Act, or AHCA.  The critics have called the AHCA a number of names including ObamaCare Lite and ObamaCare 2.0.  Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) stated:

“It’s a stinking pile of garbage. …It’s not a Republican, conservative bill. …One thing that I’ve maintained is that this bill was written with the help of the insurance companies, just like Obamacare. That’s why it looks so similar.“

From the articles that I’ve read so far, the AHCA is a tweak to the existing law, keeping the popular parts, dumping the unpopular parts (mostly), but keeping the government firmly in charge.  And by the way, it appears that you would be required to buy insurance by law.  Fix it

A far cry from the “repeal and replace” campaign promises of the Republican Party.  One begins to wonder why, and that brings back something that I wrote over a decade ago:

In case any of you didn’t know, a typical politician’s primary job is not to serve the people who elected him. His primary job is to get himself (or herself) elected or re-elected. Second is to reward all those contributors that gave $$ to help him get elected. Third is to get as many perks & benefits as he can while he is in office. Last on the list is the common person like you & I.

And here we go again – that vicious circle where We The People vote professional politicians into office based on their promises only to get screwed again.  To continue with the same post:

What happens is that anything that the politician has promised, said they would do, or otherwise look into during the campaign is promptly forgotten, and we, as the stupid idiots that we are, forget right along with them. That is, until the next time re-election comes up… Then it’s the “other party’s” fault for putting up roadblocks, vetoes, filibusters, yadda, yadda, yadda as to why they couldn’t fulfill their promises.

Does this dance routine sound familiar?  But the voters have woken up, and if the Republicans continue the politics as usual routine, they could find themselves in the same condition as the Democratic Party, and We The People might just find ourselves with a vengeful Democratic Congress back in power.

Here’s the problem – government entitlements like ObamaCare are rarely (never) repealed in their entirety.  There are certain groups that depend on the entitlements, and they are usually 1) very vocal about their support, 2) the Media makes it their “human interest story” about the government abusing their power (!) by taking away their civil rights (!!) to such a program, and 3) the Media putting the politicians trying to curb the entitlement through the 9th circle of Hell for even thinking to reduce government entitlements.

I’ve read somewhere that politicians, as a whole, are some of the most risk adverse people on the planet.  And it’s true – they will go to almost any length to avoid controversy that they cannot control or benefit from.  This is exactly what is happening here.  They want to keep the entitlements for the minority while trying to appease the majority with legal smoke and mirrors – a difficult balancing act that isn’t going to go too far with an awake electorate.

Arthur Schaper at Townhall.com has an interesting take on what should be done:

…repeal the whole damn Obamacare monstrosity, and let the free market make us healthy…

Don’t just repeal Obamacare, but repeal all the stupid rules pushed by government and corporate interests to enrich themselves while impoverishing everyone else. And about more policy-oriented discussions …

Let’s repeal the nasty notion that health care is a “right” which the government must provide. It’s not working in Canada, the United Kingdom, or Sweden. Bernie Sanders is a spoiled regressive from Vermont. He should try getting health care in Canada, where he can pull a number of hope that he wins a locale’s once-a-month lottery to see a family doctor. The animals get better care than human beings.

Don’t just repeal the Obamacare monster. Remove all the decades-old layers of government regulation. During World War II, FDR imposed age controls, so employers offered health insurance to compete for jobs. Now Americans expect third parties (including the government) to bear the burden)

Arbitrary caps on medical students, guild-system quotas on medical professionals, and arbitrary licensure laws are not helping. The government that wants to keep us healthy is making us sicker.

When Medicare arrived, more people ended up spending other people’s money for less healthcare.

Get rid of it.

The tort-lawyer lobby is kicking taxpayers’ butts. Time to discourage punitive damage awards? Restore the Common Law provisions which forced lawsuit losers to pay back the winning party’s attorney’s fees?

Sounds like a winner to me.  Hope the Republicans are listening…

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Uncivil War


The WAH! Partytm’s (formerly known as the Democratic Party) mandate (Whining And Hypocrisy) was on full display this past week, especially at Tuesday’s address to Congress by President Trump.  For instance –

  • Not standing for the widow of a slain Navy SEAL.
  • Booing during calls to put aside trivial politics
  • Sitting stone-faced during statements that America needs to become great again
  • Grumbling about the need to secure the borders for the security of the nation

Tuesday’s address was seen even by the Liberal MSM as the moment that Trump “…became President of the United States…” – [van Jones, CNN]  But the attacks against President Trump and his administration have continued.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself (under pressure) from any investigations and cases concerning the 2016 election in reaction to the news release that he met with the Russian ambassador twice last year, but did not state this fact during his confirmation hearing.  Considering that several Democratic Senators and Representatives met with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 election year, and that the Russian ambassador sat with the Democrats during Tuesday’s speech, seems to have no bearing upon calls for the AG’s resignation.  In the spirit of disclosure, here is a partial list of Democrats that met with the Russian ambassador last year:

  • Senior Obama advisor John Holdren
  • Senator Claire McCaskill
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
  • Former Senator Mary Landrieu
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Senator Jack Reed
  • Senator Bob Casey
  • Senator Maria Cantwell
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer

The smell of hypocrisy runs strong with these Congresscritters…

Then there was the contingent of white-clad Congress women that stated that “they were honoring the suffragettes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries while indicating their ongoing commitment to women’s rights issues.”  The issues that these women of the WAH! Partytm include equal pay for women (something that the WAH! Partytm has been talking about for years) and “reproductive freedom” (aka abortion on demand).  Considering that the Trump Administration is seriously considering withdrawing funding from the abortion provider Planned Parenthood, such a reaction is almost predictable.  Also consider that many of these same people profess being of the Christian faith, and support abortion in all it’s horrific forms is not only the greatest hypocrisy, but blasphemous as well.

Of course, the opposition to the failing Obamacare repeal and replacement continues by the WAH! Partytm .

The WAH! Partytm is still upset that their “chosen one” lost the election, depriving them of the power to grow the government, and further take this country down the path of their ideal country of where equal outcomes equates to equal misery managed by an all-powerful, all omnipotent government with them in charge.  Their reaction is best summed up by the following graphic:

sore losers

The WAH! Partytm and the Republicans are in a war with each other, and it’s a vicious one.  An excellent article by Patricia McCarthy does a nice job of summing up the uncivil war between the two parties.

Folks, fasten your seat belts – it’s going to be a bumpy 8 years (yes, I’m predicting at this point in time that Trump will be reelected if he doesn’t self-destruct in the meantime).

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Random Rants and Comments


Every now and then, there comes a point in time where there is just too much to comment on in detail, and too little time in which to do it.  With that in mind…


My wife had the TV on yesterday and had the DNC convention on.  With my head under a sink fixing a leak, I believe I heard first that Acting Chairperson Donna “Gave the Questions to Felonia Von Pantsuit” Brazil call for a motion to suspend the rules to allow a verbal vote.  Then after Tom Perez was elected, he called for a suspension of the normal rules to all for his rival Keith Ellison to be nominated for the new position of Deputy Chair.

Is it just me, but are the Democrat Party elites continuing to bend the rules to suit their own needs?  Let’s ask Bernie how he got screwed over, or the independent Democrats that were ignored by the corporate-driven DNC.


Just in case we have forgotten how tolerant and inclusive the past Democratic Party was:

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If the acceptance speech of the newly elected DNC chair is any indication of what is in store for the American people, then sit down and hang tight because there will be more demonstrations, protests, and obstruction coming.


If the Black Lives Matters crowd is so wrapped up in keeping black people alive, then why aren’t they protesting Planned Parenthood?  Planned Parenthood probably kills more black babies in one year than the police and gangbangers could in ten to fifteen years (need to work out the math on this one, but you get the idea).


I understand that the Academy Awards are tonight, which are the latest in a long line of award shows for the entertainment industry’s actors, producers, directors, and who knows what else.  A partial list includes:

  • The Golden Globe Awards
  • The S.A.G. Awards
  • The Emmy Awards
  • The People’s Choice Awards
  • Hollywood Film Awards
  • MTV Movie Awards
  • Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards
  • Critics’ Choice Movie Awards (a.k.a. the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards)
  • Teen Choice Awards
  • Kid’s Choice Awards
  • People’s Choice Awards (because Teens and Kids don’t count apparently)
  • Independent Spirit Awards
  • American Film Institute Awards
  • BAFTA Film Awards (British, so it doesn’t really count either)
  • Various Critics’ Association Film Awards (19 separate U.S. cities or states listed)
  • Film Festival Awards (five in the U.S. counting Sundance, plus don’t forget Cannes)

And instead of various spoiled, drunk or drugged up actors thanking their fans and the people that really elevated their sorry egos to undeserved heights, these people decide to spend their time making inflammatory political statements, preach what people should do to combat global warming while they use private jets to visit their many mansions around the world, or lament that refugees need spaces to live (but not next to their mansions).

I’ll pass on watching these shows – I have better things to do – like watching paint dry…

Who Cares


Mayors and Governors that claim that their towns and states are sanctuaries for illegal immigrants are violating their oaths to follow the laws of the United States, and their promises to serve the people that elected them.  How does spending tax dollars to support an illegal activity serve the public good?


The media got all up in arms when some of the reporters were not invited to a press conference.  Then someone said this:

Media Brainwashing

Yep – Goebbels would be proud…


There are those that still want open borders and admit all refugees from countries and areas of conflict without any investigation on that person.  With the problems that Europe is having with just this policy, and terrorist organizations stating that they would imbed their “soldiers” in the refugee stream, this graphic from Mike Ramirez says it all:

refugee roulette


Why is it from year to year, especially around election time, that we hear that Social Security is going bankrupt, but never Welfare?


The same goes for election fraud – we only hear the concerns about ineligible or dead people voting around election time.  The time to clean up the voter roles is between elections, not during.

Also, the statement that people cannot get ID’s for elections is 100% BS.  People need valid IDs for opening bank accounts, obtaining a driver’s license (in most states), and collecting Welfare.

Finally, note that India has a population of over 1.25 BILLION people in 2013.  Every single eligible voter has an ID that must be presented when voting, and that absentee voting is not allowed.  Furthermore, I understand that when a person has completed voting, they must put their thumbprint on the voting form with indelible purple ink that cannot be washed off.  This is all done to insure that there is no voter fraud or ballot stuffing.

If a third-world country like India can insure the integrity of their elections, then why can’t a country like the United States use a similar scheme?


Every time that someone makes a statement that offends a Liberal, they start screaming about hate speech.  However, if a Liberal makes a statement that offends someone and they’re called on it, they scream about their rights to free speech.  A tad hypocritical, don’t you think?

Tolerant Liberal

shocked liberals


This past election, the Democrats lost the Electoral College, but won the popular vote.  They’re still throwing hissy fits about it, and quite frankly, are beginning to resemble an extended version of a two-year olds temper tantrum.  May we kindly remind them of the following:

republic vs democracy

This is the genius of the Founder’s vision for this country.  If the tables were turned, they wouldn’t be screaming at all.


NOTICE:  All anti-gun or gun control enthusiasts –

The right of the American People to own arms is just as much a civil right as the right to free speech that you are so fond of using to insult and belittle others.  Kindly remember that the writer Robert Heinlein stated:

“An armed society is a polite society.”

I fully intend on being polite and respectful until the situation demands that I not.


Finally, something just for fun –

Reloaders at the

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Where Do We Start? (Continued)


The hoopla over the past week over the illegal immigration issue and the supporters continued this past week, and probably will for a while.  It doesn’t matter if President Trump does exactly the same thing as his predecessors in ordering law enforcement to round up and deport illegal immigrants or not – his opponents will continue to oppose his every move, and call him every name in the book.

May I remind the members of the WAH! Partytm of what then President Clinton did through his AG Janet Reno with the following picture?

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And yet, only in California can an illegal act take precedence over public safety:

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Enough said – moving on…

The WAH! Partytm continues it’s opposition to every nominee to President Trump’s Cabinet, delaying every appointment as long as possible.  Quite frankly, it’s disgraceful – in the Harvard-Harris poll provided exclusively by The Hill:

The survey found that 73 percent of voters want to see Democrats work with the president, against only 27 percent who said Democrats should resist Trump’s every move.

Enough already – your actions are an embarrassment to all Americans and diminish your Party’s credibility.

Fake News – defined as making up news stories to fit a particular agenda.  Literally hours after President Trump accused the Media of faking news in an unprecedented one-on-many unscripted news conference, the Associated Press published a news story that stated that the President would call up the National Guard to round up all illegal immigrants.  The story has been categorically denied by the White House, and has been debunked by several other sources as well.

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And the Media wonders why the general public doesn’t believe a word they publish…

But the media has claimed it’s first victim – Michael Flynn – through leaks from the Intelligence Department.  As pointed out by President Trump in his news conference earlier this week, such actions are illegal, and would be investigated.

Last, a personal thought – As disgusting and tiresome as it may be, I do hope that the WAH! Partytm through their surrogate Progressive Liberal Democratic Party and supporting Media outlets continues their antics and p****s off every American from now until they lose every single office from the local to the state to the Federal level.  Perhaps then we’ll get rid of the cancer that is known as Progressivism.

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Where Do We Start?


Over the past week, the number of protests has been staggering, the obstructionism by the Senate has been frustrating, and the rulings by the Ninth Circuit Court has been puzzling as well as being as far removed from all common sense as well as the United States legal code.

All of these people need to be members of the WAH! Party tm and be issued their diaper pins.

The protests have pretty well been centered around the issue of illegal immigration as well as allowing refugees from the Middle East into this country that cannot be vetted or checked for terrorist inclinations.  The Ninth Circuit Court basically gave legal standing in the courts to this last group even though they are not citizens of this country.

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My take on this as well as many others is that the rulings were politically motivated, designed to delegitimize President Trump’s administration and Presidency.  What is most disturbing is that these people do not seem to understand that the safety and security of this country is needed to insure that they would continue to have the rights and privileges of United States’ citizens to voice their opinions.  To allow unfettered immigration to this country is akin to suicide.  Ronald Reagan stated:

“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” ― Ronald Reagan

This past week, ICE has been rounding up illegal immigrants with criminal records for deportation.  While some of the arrests have been heartbreaking, let’s remember the following:

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Would you want to have any of these people living next to you much less in the same city as you and your family?  Would you want an immigrant that has not been vetted living next to you?  Considering the track record of illegal immigrants committing violent and sometimes horrific crimes, it is simply not worth the risk to using an “open border” policy.  Considering what has happened in Germany (and in the United States as well) with their policy of allowing virtually all refugees into their country, is it moral to sacrifice your own citizens to to prove some philosophical or political point?  To whit:

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Obviously, there will be some terrorists posing as immigrants that will slip through the cracks, but that is absolutely no excuse not to try and determine who is a legitimate immigrant, refugee, or student, and who is not.  Which makes the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision even more egregious than what I originally thought –

“One of these days the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals may declare the Constitution unconstitutional” – Thomas Sowell, 2003

Are we a nation of laws, or are we a nation of personal whims and feelings fueled by insane politics?  Once we go down that road, this country is finished.

More on this later…

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Pardon My Rant


I believe that the Democratic Party, the women marchers with their p***y hats, the student protestors, the Hollywood Liberals, and any other anti-Trump, anti-American persons needing safe spaces & safety pins should all join up and form a new political party called the WAH! Partytm  (WAH! stands for Whiners And Hypocrites!).  This appropriately named Party is all inclusive except when they’re not, accepts all points of view except what is not their own, and allows their members to make promises and promptly break them when politically or personally advantageous.  Nominees for inclusion into the WAH! Partytm include:

  • All the entertainers that stated that they would permanently leave the country if Trump was elected.  To the best of my knowledge, none of them have done so.  In my mind, they have lost all credibility in whatever they are saying.
  • The student protesters in Berkeley that rioted because a Conservative was scheduled to speak on campus, potentially melting multiple snowflakes in their safe spaces because someone has a different opinion than they do with the civil right to say it.
  • The judge in Oregon filing a stay order to halt the temporary immigration ban from dangerous countries, violating his oath to uphold the laws of the United States and potentially endangering the Citizens of this country.
  • Democrat Party committee members not showing up to vote on Cabinet nominees (an extra pacifier needs to go to these people).

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  • Democrat Party members that stated that they would oppose any President Trump nominee to the Supreme Court, no matter who it was.  (guess they lost their safe space)
  • Various entertainers and politicians that have been harping that the common man sacrifice for the Climate Change Cause, but fly around the world in private jets and have several mansions which pollute more in one year that what the normal person could do in ten years.
  • The women that marched in their p***y hats and dressed up as female bits to protest the election of Trump as President (for saying something inappropriate years ago), the right to kill an unborn child (why?), and who the h*** knows what else.  Nothing that Trump said years ago could have equaled what was said or displayed on protest signs, nor the sad spectacle of B-list celebrities spewing profanity and threats – that protest also gathered a lot of press, but the marchers lost all credibility.
  • The Black Lives Matter crowd, who would rather celebrate a lie than embrace that all lives matter.
  • The Mainstream Media, who has it wrong on so many levels, from biased reporting to polls that have no reflection on reality.  To whit –
  • People who believe that firearms are the problem with Chicago’s high murder rate.  Try looking at the people committing the crimes first before blaming an inanimate object.
  • The Democratic Party as a whole – making and breaking promises and rules to screw the American People over, and to hinder the Trump Administration wherever possible.
  • Any and all politicians that will knowingly violate their oath of office to support a party position or for personal gain that compromises the safety, security, and well-being of the American People.  This includes those politicians that choose to ignore the Constitution and the Amendments to the Constitution.

I’m sure that I’ve missed a few, and I’m also sure that certain people and corporations will beclown themselves during tonight’s Superbowl.  Further nominations will be accepted in the comments.

Be well, my friends.

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